The Children of God the Elect and the Holy Ones.
The purpose of creation and the gospel is to bring forth fruit to the Father of images uniquely like Him.
Ephesians 4. Shows us that that’s the purpose of studying and applying the gospel saying ,13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, (for us to become an adult) to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ”. Teaching us things a second coming or end time scenerio does not do.
And also from Romans 9, that God “will finish the work and cut it short in righteousness.” Meaning His work is done “on Earth as it is (mirrored from) in Heaven”.
From the beginning of time, God had a calculated number for those who are His being uniquely like Him called the elect. And when that number is reached? Creation as we know it, will be over. It will have served its purpose. God will not let creation serve another for it belongs to Him and Glorifies Him only.
As prophecied here from 2 Peter; For the day of YHVH will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be [d]burned up”. And “the time will be cut short for the Elects sake” and “for YHVH will make a short work on the Earth”.
But what about the Children of God? Are not the Children of God part of the Elect?
Escentially the Elect are the mature and fully developed as just described in Ephesians 4.13, while the children in general are not. The children would be considered the underdeveloped and this could be to no fault of their own so as not to discredit them for they are all of equal value.
During the time of Moses, ALL the people who were with him were called children, over a thousand times in scripture, including the aged and elderly because they failed to enter the land with the promises (by faith and not fact) except Joshua and Caleb because they fully believed that the land was given to them by promise and NOT by human endeavor, as evidenced by their lack of fear to the giants that lived in that land.
This is the testimony of Joshua and caleb that was given to nudge us on in the faith, as wad the rest of the Israelites with Moses were given to us to show us how NOT to do it. Why? Because they wanted it by facts and not by faith. Beware lest you also be found being called children at 80 years of age too for that is reprehensible.
For this reason it is said that “Many are called but few are chosen”. To be chosen is to be chosen or selected. The root word for select is elect.
And like Paul said in Philippians,14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” and so we do too.
And. 15 Therefore let us, as many as are mature (no longer children like in the eilderness), have this mind”. We recognize this as being our primary purpose, to “reach out and lay ahold of why Christ laid hold of us”. Which is? To be like Him. We are instructed to put Him on.
Paul also said in that same chapter “I press on to lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me” as of the utmost importance to the faith.
As far as pleasing God by just being a good person, all our works and best efforts we can do are like filthy rags. Just look at the high priest in Zechariah 3.
We see here again Paul speaking to the immature in 1 Corinthians 3, And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to those who are spiritual (of the invisible) but as to carnal, as to babes in Christ. 2 I fed you with milk and not with solid food; for until now you were not able to receive it, and even now you are still not able; 3 for you are still yet carnal.” And largely undeveloped.
To be carnal, is to be stuck on the visible. It is to infer that they have not crossed over into the land of the spirit where the promises have their composition. Even as read that “in Christ all the promises of God are yes and amen in Christ”. He is the land we are called into and not a plot of ground on earth. (Exodus 4.22)
However there are those who associate with being in a denomination or patriating themselves to other kingdoms. But for those of us who are called? “The Kingdom of God is at hand and all are pressing into it”. Those who wait for it to appear? They are children, they still wait. Read John 3.3-10
We also have descriptions of empowerments given to those who have grown up a little. In 1 John 2. It was the children that had their sins forgiven and that knew the Father. Teenagers or pre-adult were commended for having the word abide in them and overcoming Satan in their lives.
There is no other accolade, title or degree that one can aquire from Earth or from Heaven, from all the Arts, Law and Sciences then to be considered of The Elect of God. Why? Because the spirit we have precedes and supercedes everything they think they know and hope for.
There is no higher place of authority and power than to sit side by side with our Heavenly Father.
However, there are children of God, who have been truncated by life’s circumstances who have equal value of importance to the Father who warned us, that “those who cause one of these little ones to stumble. That they would be subject to the wrath of our Heavenly Father.
We all have the same potential, however we all may not have the same opportunities. Everyone’s works will be evident for the fire will try it for what matter of work it may be. God will reward each one accordingly. And “let everyone who claims the name of Christ, depart from inequity” to secure their spot.
We can see with Joshua the loving care and concern for the young the elderly and disabled at the crossing of the river Jordan, that the strong were the first in the water and remained there holding back the waters untill everyone had crossed over. That every one from the young and old, the immature to the weak and feeble. That all successfully crossed over into Gods provisions for them called “the promised land”.
We know this as a physical picture for those who are in Christ. Those who are in Christ are in the land of faith and Truth where the real promises are realized, obtained and implimented.
It was with this crossover pictured with Joshua, that after all, and we mean all, even the old the young and the week and feeble, were considered to be in the safe zone (saved) in the land and in Christ, same thing. It wasn’t untill they were completely on the other side that the elders who went first into the waters, now everyone reaching the other side, every is safe, or saved.
Only then were the 12 elders instructed to go back into the river and assemble 12 stones together in the midst of the river as a memorial that all had crossed over to dry land without getting wet. Not one was left on the other side, not one was taken by the enemies and not one drowned. All had reached safety.
We have this assurance confirmed with the words of Christ in His return to the Father through the cross, which is our crossover point by faith. That as we professed at our baptism, to associate with Christs death, meaning our old person is dead by faith too, a one time dying on our part, to walk in newness in the resurrection of life and the only resurrection offered to us. We now work on our ascention. This is where all who have entered into the New Covenant, being Gods Will And Testament and place where the promises of God are realized for our implimentation in this lifetime. This is what parts the children from the mature, the ascention. The resurrection is the free gift however the ascention takes avid participation. It is to know in a relative way what it means to be seated at the right hand of our Heavenly Father “far above ALL principalities and powers” from Heaven and Earth, EVEN while we are standing here looking at you. In Him dwelled the fullness and totality of the God head body, and you are complete in Him”, with Him.
We can clearly see here who are children and who are not as those who can understand the ascention in the faith, as different than the resurrection of the faith. And everyone is judged according to their work of faith for this cause, of what they are able to aquire with their believer bone called their head and mind. For even Christ on earth had mental and spiritual wranglings. He called it Galgatha which means skull, being the place of your thinking and why you are called to ” be renewed in the spirit of your mind.
But for those who’ve been circumvented or cut short by time or opportunity?
It was Christ who said “Father, of those you have given Me I have lost none, except the son of perdition”. Which really wasn’t a loss as much as it was a testimony that Christ put up with Judas, and gave him every opportunity to repent, and change to be considered with and “in Christ” like He does with so many, an intention Judas never had.
However it is still represented like the reminder with Joshua, that the flood waters were abstained till all, and we mean everyone who is one of Gods, was completely safe/saved. The weak, the feable, the last minute recievers of the gospel and such. And to repeat the words of Christ, of those you have given Me I have lost none” agreeing with Joshua that all had crossed over.
We draw upon these truths and these pictures to make the point that God does not prefer the elders over the feable. Sometimes just the opposite.
When asked the difference between the Elect and the Children of the Father. This has to do with maturity and not with preference. Meaning, some may live a life with fewer obstacles than another, and not be able to go further in the faith because time and opportunity did not allow. It is the Father who rewards each one for the works of faith that they do, taking into account all the obstacles the efforts and the self sacrifices and to even just retain the faith in a hard life.
God is the just and the justifier of such a one and that one, maybe you or a loved one, has greater rewards than an apostle or a prophet, or an appearant holy person. Which one of the religious figures in Christ day was preferred by Him? None.
We see and understand the love of the Father in Christ on earth with the woman caught in the very act of adultery, and the demon possessed at the Gadarenes, and the limbless man at the Pool of Shiloh, that Jesus Christ was so patient, non-condemning, reassuring His love to them right where they were. These are just to name a few to make the point that God sent His Son to die for those sins and the sins for all who would ever walk the earth (1 John 2.1), the just and the unjust, and He can do with them what He wants. This is what redemption is about. He paid a valuation of you as if you had never fallen from grace or Glory, because that’s the value of His Only Begotten. That’s why “even the angels in Heaven behold the face of the Father in each one of these little ones”.
This is all to make the point that The Children of God and the Elect of God doesn’t mean the Elect are preferred or better. Not that there is 100 percent equality based upon these principals alone. The whole idea of perseverance gets rewards. You press in to lay ahold of why Christ laid ahold of you has great reward, and “now the Kingdom is preached and the violent take it by force.” So you don’t want to be found as a slothful steward.
As Paul put it “do not be haughty but fear because if God did not spare the natural branches (the Jews who thought that they were the Elect) He may not spare you either. 22 Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell, severity; but toward you, [e]goodness, if you continue in His goodness.”
And in another place “God knows those who are His, and let everyone who claims to be of Christ depart from iniquity”. 2 Corinthians 6-7
We have another concept to bring up here that is largely overlooked. Peter talked about Christ in the tomb behind the rock went to the underworld where those alive in the time of Noah who were not on the Ark, who were held there bodiless. It was those that Christ preached to in the earth, to go on to believe and recieve salvation then. Peter said that the gospel was preached to them in order for them to live according to God in the Spirit.
However I’m sure that was just a provision to those who hadn’t understood the gospel of grace, showing us God’s last ditch effort for those who didn’t have a fair chance.
So you see, God has this worked out to perfection. And fortunately for us?
The Kingdom of God is at hand! Amen.
We can conclude that in the time forewarned by our Savior, that it would be like in the days of Noah, so some may find the same last chance “to live according to God in the spirit.
Therefore, or because of this we see at the very end of the book of The Revelation of Jesus Christ it is written; 12 And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before [c]God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books.”